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Packers expect Collins to report to camp on time

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Associated Press
July 30, 2009
— Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins won’t be a training camp holdout, although he hinted strongly last month that he wasn’t happy with his contract.

Agent David Butz told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Collins plans to report to the Packers’ camp on time. Players report Friday and will begin practice Saturday.


Collins’ commitment eliminates one of the team’s biggest concerns heading into camp, although first-round draft picks B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews III remained unsigned Wednesday.


Collins had a tumultuous offseason after a standout 2008 that included seven interceptions, three touchdowns and his first Pro Bowl.


His father died in May, and he skipped voluntary offseason workouts—leading to speculation that he wasn’t happy with his current deal, which will pay him $3.045 million and expires at the end of the season.


Collins did show up for a mandatory minicamp last month. And while he didn’t directly complain about his deal to reporters, he also didn’t rule out the possibility of a holdout.


Asked at the time if he would show up for training camp if he didn’t have a new contract in place, Collins said simply, “We’ll see.”


Despite missing voluntary workouts, Collins insisted last month that he is fully up to speed on the Packers’ switch from a 4-3 defensive alignment to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers and a new cast of defensive assistants.


Collins said he studied the team’s new playbook and terminology while he was away.


Packers coach Mike McCarthy talked with Collins upon his arrival at minicamp, and McCarthy came away convinced that Collins wouldn’t take any lingering contract concerns to the field.


“I feel like his heart and mind are in the right place, and he wants to play some football,” McCarthy said last month.



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